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Zero-Proof in D.C.

Whether you’ve been in the DMV for 15 years or are brand new to town, one thing is certain: D.C. has become a wellspring of booze-free sips. But it wasn’t always this way.

Spirit-Free LIT at Your Only Friend / Columbia Room
Spirit-Free LIT. Photo courtesy of Paul Taylor, Your Only Friend / Columbia Room.

I started my time in Washington fresh out of college in 2005, bar-hopping, rabble-rousing and getting lit regularly. But two years into my time here, I faced a stark reality: My life was spiraling down the drain. After getting hospitalized for alcohol poisoning twice in 18 months, I checked myself into an intensive outpatient program for substance use disorder.


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